Family-Based Green Card Lawyers in Santa Ana
Helping You or Your Loved One Achieve Lawful Permanent Residence
Family-based immigration is one of the most common ways to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States. That said, it is by no means a simple process, and the exact procedure will vary from person to person depending on their relationship to their sponsor, their sponsor’s status (i.e. permanent resident vs. U.S. citizen), and more.
Our job at U.S. Immigration law Group, LLP is to help you make sense of this process and navigate each step with ease and efficiency. Submitting error-free, comprehensive documentation is critical, and you will need to fully understand what to expect at each phase of the application process. Our attorneys have secured more than 2700 green cards for our clients, making us the experienced, high-powered legal team you need on your side.
Types of Family-Based Immigration
At U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP, we help U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents secure green cards for their spouses, fiancés, children, parents, and siblings. We can assist you with every aspect of the family-based immigration process, including visa petitions and applications, consular processing, adjustment of status, travel documentation, and more.
Spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens are considered “immediate relatives” and, therefore, are not subject to annual and per country quotas or waiting periods.
The following categories, however, are subject to quotas and waiting periods:
- 1st Preference (F1): unmarried sons and daughters (21 and older) of U.S. citizens
- 2nd Preference (F2A): children (unmarried and under 21) and spouses of lawful permanent residents
- 2nd Preference (F2B): unmarried sons and daughters (21 years or older) of lawful permanent residents
- 3rd Preference (F3) married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- 4th Preference (F4): siblings of U.S. citizens (the U.S. citizen must be 21 or older)
If a person falls into one of these preference categories, there will be a waiting period between when their sponsor files the initial immigrant petition and when they can file the actual visa application or adjustment of status application. In other words, they must wait until a visa becomes available in their category before they can submit the final application. The Visa Bulletin, released each month, tells applicants whether they can move forward with the final application.
The Challenges of Marriage-Based Visas
The immigration authorities do not tolerate attempts to obtain a green card by fraudulent means. USCIS is suspicious of fraud and pays close attention to each application, conducting in-person interviews to determine whether the marriage is bona fide. If you are filing a marriage-based visa application, we urge you to let us handle your case. We can help you submit substantial evidence and prepare for your interview in order to avoid an accusation of fraud, which would have serious consequences on your ability to obtain a visa at any point in the future.
Need guidance on an immigration issue for you or a loved one? You can call today at (714) 786-1166, fill out the form below or follow the link to schedule a consultation